I went fishing today at my usual spot this morning. There was already someone there so I asked him if he had any luck and said that he hadn't. He packed up shortly thereafter and I went over to where he was (it was where I caught my first trout). He also told me before he left that they were stacking up underneath the tree so I tried floating the Gold Bead Prince Nymph that way for awhile with no luck.
Then I casted across from me and "bang" the fight was on and I did everything I was suppose to until I reached down to get my net to scoop the trout out of the water. The slack went out of the line and off the fish went. I didn't have another hit for 90 minutes.
In the meantime another guy showed up (and boy was Fonzi wrong about the title of his book) and he is putting fish on left and right. He looked the part with all his Orvis stuff (waders, vest, hat, glasses, etc.) but he backed it up with landing fish (more than I can say). Lets just say that the fish had better social skills than this D&% # H#%&!
Shortly thereafter another person shows up and puts his Powerbait on his hook and catches a Rainbow within minutes. I congratulate him and think to myself maybe I should go back to the care and get my spinner rod just to put one on the board. I resisted the temptation and continued to cast as everyone around me was catching fish. This guy caught his limit and left with three rainbows in his creel (o.k. more like a plastic bag).
Now another guy comes along and asks how it was going and I said everybody is catching fish but me. He laughed and went up the river about 25 yards and he casts into the rapids and pulled out a trout.
During the interim I was getting hits but unable to land them. Now I am frustrated because not only am I not landing fish but my line is getting knots like on Howard's banner on his blog.
It started to rain and I decided to leave in order to regroup. I guess I was overly optimistic that this would be a linear adventure; however, I now realize that it is going to be one step forward...............